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Police Hope New Video Will Provide Clues in Death of Missing Student Whose Bound Body Washed Ashore

Marisha Cheong vanished Dec. 19 and her body washed ashore in Breezy Point two months later

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    Video of the Queens student who was missing for two months before her body washed up on a beach off Jamaica Bay in February. (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013)

    Police are looking for an unidentified woman who was spotted on surveillance video with a woman whose body washed up on a Queens beach in February, her arms and hands bound.  

    The NYPD released surveillance video on Thursday of Marisha Cheong, 24, walking with the woman about an hour after the department said she was last seen Dec. 19. Cheong was missing for nearly two months before her body washed ashore along Jamaica Bay in Breezy Point Feb. 16.

    Body Found on Queens Beach ID'd as Missing Woman

    [NY] Body Found on Queens Beach ID'd as Missing Woman
    The body of Marisha Cheong, missing since December, was found Saturday morning along Jamaica Bay at 149 Bayside Avenue in Roxbury, police said. Her grieving mother is now demanding answers. News 4's Lori Bordonaro reports. (Published Monday, Feb. 18, 2013)

    Videos show Cheong and the woman walking closely down a street. When Cheong tries to turn and walk another direction, the other woman grabs her by the hand and pulls her along. Police would like to talk to the woman regarding Cheong's disappearance and death.

    Cheong's mother told NBC 4 New York that her daughter had left the home to go shopping the day she disappeared and was excited about the holidays.

    Police have questioned family members and the Long Island University student's boyfriend in her death, but no arrests have been made. Cheong's boyfriend said earlier this year that he was about to propose and reported her missing after she never showed up at the Queens subway stop where they were supposed to meet Dec. 19.

    Cheong's mother has said that her daughter's boyfriend had money problems and that she didn't trust him. Still, police never identified him as a suspect in her death.  

    It's unclear how she died. 

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